Sounds like a scene from a romantic comedy, right?
Well, that would be fiction. In Mayor Bloomberg's New York, this sweet, innocent scene turned into a nightmare for the dentist and his wife:
“We were doing the Charleston,” Stern said. That’s when two police officers approached and pulled a “Footloose.
The cops asked for ID, but when Stern could only produce a credit card, the officers ordered the couple to go with them — even though the credit card had the dentist’s picture and signature.
Remember when this used to be a free country? Now cops are allowed to ask, "Ver are your papers?", and if you don't provide sufficient information, well...
When Hess began trying to film the encounter, things got ugly, Stern said. “We brought out the camera, and that’s when they called backup,” she said. “That’s when eight ninja cops came from out of nowhere.
Hess was allegedly tackled to the platform floor, and cuffs were slapped on both of them. The initial charge, according to Stern, was disorderly conduct for “impeding the flow of traffic.” “There was nobody on the platform. There were, like, three people,” she said.
The charges, including resisting arrest, were later dropped. The couple has filed a Manhattan federal court suit against the city for unspecified damage
They claim to have spent almost 24 hours in lockup for dancing. Or, more likely, for attempting to provide evidence that the cops were acting in a vicious and vindictive manner.
Hope they win. And I hope someone pays for this - besides the New York taxpayer, I mean.
Life under nanny-state liberalism? Ask Mr & Mrs. Hess how much fun it is...